DEXA Scan: The Gold Standard of Body Composition Analysis

DEXA Scan: The Gold Standard of Body Composition Analysis

When you’re embarking on a new diet or fitness plan, you want to make sure you’re making the right decisions to get your desired results. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, put on muscle mass, or aiming for body recomposition, take the guesswork out of your health journey with a DEXA scan. 

What does DEXA measure?

DEXA scans are considered the gold standard of body composition analysis. DEXA, or dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, will provide you with accurate results of your body fat percentage, lean body mass, skeletal muscle mass, and is often used by professionals to predict osteopenia and osteoporosis by measuring bone mineral density.

DEXA scans are the gold standard of body composition because they provide more accurate metrics when compared to methods such as hydrostatic weighing, bod pod, bioelectrical impedance, and calipers. They are the only machine that provide everything you need to know in a single test, including: bone density, lean muscle, body fat, location of fat, visceral fat, muscle imbalances, and skeletal muscle mass index.

How does the DEXA scan work?

The procedure uses minimal radiation exposure, aiming two X-ray beams at the bones and performing a full body scan within ten minutes. Where a regular X-ray can show changes in bone density after 40 percent bone loss, the DEXA detects changes as small as 1 percent, making it more sensitive and accurate. This high level of precision and accuracy is what makes DEXA scans the gold standard of body composition. 

Are DEXA scans safe?

DEXA scans are considered to be very safe. There is a minimal risk associated with exposure to radiation, and DEXA exposes you to a tenth of the amount of radiation emitted during an X-ray, which is about the same you would encounter on a transcontinental airline. 

The test is convenient to fit into your busy schedule. There is no need to fast beforehand, and the procedure is quick, painless, and non-invasive. It takes only a few minutes, although you should expect to spend some time going over the results with the technician. 

Choose The Gold Standard of Body Composition Analysis

When embarking on your health and fitness journey, being able to track your progress and see real, tangible results can help keep you motivated and accountable. With DEXA’s ability to detect even slight changes in muscle and body fat, you’ll be able to tell right away if your plan isn’t working and make adjustments from there. You’ll achieve your desired results faster, and maintain them for the long-term. DEXA’s high precision and accuracy make it the most reliable option available. Schedule a DEXA Scan, the gold standard of body composition, today.

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